Student Suing Because His Kindle Ate His Homework

Back in the day when I was a kid, when people forgot their homework, they would frantically try to complete it about 15 minutes beforehand or say that you got a computer virus and it was deleted it.  Now there is a more high-tech reason why you may have lost your homework. recently had 1984 deleted from thousands of Kindles and Justin Gawronski lost his electronic notes for the book.  Now there is a class action lawsuit against as a result of the deletion.  The class action lawsuit is seeking punitive damages from Amazon for those that were affected by the deletion of the book.  The lawsuit is also seeking an injuction that forbids Amazon from improperly accessing the Kindle in the future too.

1984 is a novel about a civil servant named Winston Smith that was assigned the task of promoting a regime’s agenda by manipulating records and political literature.  In turn, Smith starts a rebellion against the regime and is arrested and tortured as a result.  The coincidence that it was this novel that caused a civil lawsuit against just makes it even more newsworthy.

[via Gizmodo]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Student Suing Because His Kindle Ate His Homework Comments

  1. Mark Pennington says:

    Don’t know about the validity of this lawsuit, but there is an important issue re: the validity of homework, in general. I have an idea to share re: homework.

    On back-to-school night last year, I made a deal with their parents: I said, “I won’t assign grammar or essay homework, if you will supervise your child’s reading-discussion homework.” Every parent made positive comments about this approach to homework. Few parents at the intermediate, middle, or high school levels want to or know how to supervise written work. Supervising their child’s reading is something that parents support and perceive as valuable.

    Here, in a nutshell is the homework plan: Students read for thirty minutes, four times per week. Parents grade a three-minute discussion of each reading session. Students lead this discussion with reading comprehension strategy discussion prompts. I got a high degree of buy-in from parents and students. I flesh out this homework program much more on my blog at Homework That Makes Sense.

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Thanks for the comment Mark. I also don’t know how valid this lawsuit will be considering that can choose at their own discretion what products that they want to sell.

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